Category: At Work

New Book: The Lean Entrepreneur by Brant Cooper- You WANT This Book

New Book: The Lean Entrepreneur by Brant Cooper- You WANT This Book

| February 11, 2013 | Reply

Ever wanted to know how to apply startup/technology know-how to your new company? My good friend and author, Brant Cooper, is releasing his second book, The Lean Entrepreneur on February 26. Check out what people are saying: “This fascinating new book shows that at the intersection of disruption and lean company thinking, there is a […]

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Video: How to be an All-Star at Work. A Peek Inside TakeLessons.com.

Video: How to be an All-Star at Work. A Peek Inside TakeLessons.com.

| February 5, 2013 | 2 Replies

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past couple years, it’s how critical it is to get the right team in place. The right team is more costly, takes longer to attract, but it pays for itself in spades by a quicker velocity and overall growth. As we shift into a faster growth mode […]

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TakeLessons Raises Another $4 Million and Launches Local Tutoring

TakeLessons Raises Another $4 Million and Launches Local Tutoring

| February 1, 2013 | Reply

Today, we announced a round of funding to further our advancement into music and to launch our second vertical – tutoring – starting with San Diego tutors and Austin tutors. I’ve been asked why we chose tutoring. We see it as a complimentary market to music. Fragmented, yet large market Tutors would rather do what […]

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New Book from Maynard Webb – Rebooting Work

New Book from Maynard Webb – Rebooting Work

| January 29, 2013 | Reply

Maynard Webb (one of my investors in TakeLessons and former COO of eBay) just launched his new book, Rebooting Work. In the book, Maynard Webb identifies 4 different mindsets around work (the company man, CEO of your own destiny, disenchanted employee, and the aspiring entrepreneur). It organizes those who are self-motivated versus those who are […]

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Break the Rules

Break the Rules

| January 27, 2013 | Reply

We were down to our last few dollars and I didn’t know how we were going to make payroll. Our business model wasn’t working the way we planned, and we were burning cash faster than expected. Something needed to change. Something big – and something now. The year was 2008 and TakeLessons was working to […]

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4 Things I Learned About Business in 2012

4 Things I Learned About Business in 2012

| January 16, 2013 | 1 Reply

I’m a big believer in CANI – Constant and Never Ending Improvement (or Kaizen). It’s one of the core values I live by and it’s one of the joys of life. So, in that spirit, I wanted to share with you four things I learned about start-ups, business, and life during 2012. Lesson 1: Get […]

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DJ Coxie: Back off my beats, bro

DJ Coxie: Back off my beats, bro

| December 9, 2012 | Reply

  Having fun at the TakeLessons Holiday Party. While I did pay my way through college as a club DJ, I used records instead of MP3’s, so all the new stuff would take some getting used to!  

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Customer Support Interview Tips

Customer Support Interview Tips

| December 6, 2012 | Reply

Diane Smith is the Senior Director of Customer Service and Experience for TakeLessons. She has over 20 years in customer service with Southwest Airlines and Jet Blue and led a team of over 1,600 customer support representatives. In this interview, Diane gives some customer service interviewing tips and a description of the STAR method of […]

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The Confidence Loop

The Confidence Loop

| December 4, 2012 | Reply

I was chatting with a young employee over a beer the other day and we started talking about confidence and its importance. Here is a summary of the conversation along with a diagram on the cyclical pattern of confidence. What is confidence? Confidence is a state of mind. It is a lens that we choose […]

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The Importance of Mentors and Your Chance of Business Success

The Importance of Mentors and Your Chance of Business Success

| November 29, 2012 | Reply

I’d love to say that my best ideas were formed inside of my head, but truthfully, the biggest breakthrough’s I’ve had are because I was able to take the raw thought material in my head and receive insights from other smart people. If you’re smart, that’s a good start. But someone not as bright can […]

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The Life of a Startup

The Life of a Startup

| November 20, 2012 | Reply

Here is an email I sent this morning to my team. First, I wanted to have them see that most startups go through the same struggles that we go through. Second, I wanted them to know that I have full confidence, faith, and trust in their abilities and that I see them as leaders within […]

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Things I Learned at the Crosslink Startup Investor Meeting

Things I Learned at the Crosslink Startup Investor Meeting

| November 15, 2012 | 2 Replies

Recently, I got to attend the Crosslink Investor Meeting where partners of the firm spoke on what their seeing in the marketplace. A couple key takeaways for me was that technology and the internet is still very early. Lots of room for growth and expansion as software eats the world. Second, some of the largest […]

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Goals: Winning at the Little Things

Goals: Winning at the Little Things

| November 8, 2012 | 1 Reply

At the end of each quarter, I take a detailed look at my yearly goals to see how I’m progressing against them. Sometimes I’m ahead – sometimes behind. And what I’ve begun to notice is that I’m ahead on the items where I accomplish smaller tasks more frequently. There’s a concept in goal setting called […]

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Things I’ve Learned Being an Entrepreneur

Things I’ve Learned Being an Entrepreneur

| November 6, 2012 | 5 Replies

At TakeLessons, we’re in the process of working on a 2013 strategic plan. One thing I did this year was looked back and just wrote down some things that I’ve learned over the past few years on how to build a business. Here’s my short list. As a company and personally, I’ve had a tendency […]

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TakeLessons Reviews

TakeLessons Reviews

| November 1, 2012 | 2 Replies

I get a lot of satisfaction by working on things that make a positive, lasting impact. There’s a ton of ways to make money, so I figure why not make a living doing something that creates value for people. This concept has been echoed by my company to where the company philosophies are similar to […]

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